Here’s an interesting immigration plan for you. In the United States we’re still struggling with the idea of whether or not we can justify reading the social media postings of people seeking entry to our country. I mean, you wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or make them feel unfairly singled out, right? Denmark is dealing with a far more pressing immigrant problem which doesn’t just threaten to allow terrorists over their borders, but also costs a lot of money to take care of them. In light of that they’ve cooked up a plan which will probably make United States policies look downright compassionate. They’re planning to shake down the immigrants as they cross the borders and take any expensive jewelry and valuables they find.
In recent months, Denmark has taken a fairly harsh stance toward refugees. In September, for example, authorities published an ad in Lebanese newspapers carrying an unmistakable message to foreigners who might think about seeking asylum: Don’t come to Denmark.
Now, the country is debating another and even more extreme step: The government is considering a law that would allow authorities to confiscate jewelry from refugees entering the country. The proposal is almost certain to pass parliament.
“It is pretty telling about the current Danish policies that [some] are not quite sure whether this is a hoax or not,” said Zachary Whyte, an asylum and integration researcher at the University of Copenhagen. In this case, it’s real.
We may anger a lot of Social Justice Warriors by asking impertinent questions of immigrants such as, “by the way… do you plan on blowing anything up?” Sure, that’s probably seen as some nasty, evil, racist stuff. But on our worst day, not even the most serious immigration hawks in the GOP have suggested actually robbing the people as they enter the country. But should we?
Hardly. The first thing to consider is that, unlike some of our STEM expert professionals immigrating from allied nations, refugees fleeing a war zone in a broken, impoverished nation with little more than the clothes on their backs probably aren’t likely to have a ton of gold and silver goodies on them. How much are you really going to recover as compared to the cost of processing and caring for them? It would likely cost more to track the money you recovered than the amount you’d actually get. (Now if you wanted to fleece the people coming in from Dubai we might be on to an idea here…)
All jokes aside, there’s probably a larger lesson to be taken from this. Denmark is under a lot of pressure to “do their part” in terms of Europe absorbing all of these “refugees.” But both the citizens and their leaders in government have been more than a little wary about the situation. There have been protests in the streets against flooding the country with unknown foreigners and they went so far as to run advertisements in Lebanon warning people not to expect a warm welcome.
The Danish government has placed an advertisement in a number of newspapers in Lebanon. The ads carry an unspoken yet unmistakable message: Don’t come to Denmark.
They list a number of factors that would make Denmark an undesirable destination for refugees, including recent legislation that would reduce social benefits to arriving asylum seekers by 50 percent.
Pointedly, it notes that anyone hoping to gain permanent residence in Denmark would have to learn Danish.
It’s a pretty clear message. Don’t come here expecting to slide onto easy street. We’re not handing out the same benefits to uninvited immigrants that we do to our own citizens. And if you still want to stay, you’d best learn to speak our language and assimilate into our culture because you are the visitors and this is our home.
But we’re the nasty, evil ones here in America, right? At least we haven’t started jacking up immigrants for their bling… yet.